RANDOM TIDS & BITS- Fri 03/27/20 –

“Raisin Skittles … Same Skill-Different Olympics …… Presedential Capital”

Purple Skittles aren’t grape in other countries.  In England and Australia they’re black currant.

A Hungarian fencer named Pal Szekeres won a bronze medal at the 1988 Olympics.  Then he became disabled after a bus accident, and went on to win six medals in wheelchair fencing at the Paralympics. That makes him the only person who’s won a medal at the Olympics before a disability, then won one at the Paralympics when he was disabled.

 There are four state capitals named after presidents:  Jackson, Mississippi . . . Lincoln, Nebraska . . . Jefferson City, Missouri . . . and Madison, Wisconsin.  Washington D.C. is obviously named after a president too.

RANDOM TIDS & BITS- Thurs 03/26/20 –

“The Mouse Goes Nuclear … Tap Tap Wake Up ……Price of a 1972 Mink Coat”

Disney World in Florida is legally authorized to build and operate its own nuclear power plant.  The odds they actually do it are very low, though.

In the early 1900s, before alarm clocks were popular, people in England would hire people to knock on their windows with a pole to wake them up.

The first prize Bob Barker ever announced on “The Price Is Right” when it started in 1972 was a fur coat.  The actual retail price was $595, and a woman who bid $350 won.

RANDOM TIDS & BITS- Wed 03/25/20 –

“Eternal Red Light … Side by Side at the Olympics …… Throw it in Reverse”

The longest traffic light at a regular intersection in America is in West Milford, New Jersey.  It stays red for five minutes and 33 seconds.

The “para” in “Paralympics” doesn’t come from the words paralyzed or paraplegic.  It comes from the Greek word “para,” which means “beside,” because the Paralympics stand side-by-side with the Olympics.

Hummingbirds are the only birds that can fly backwards.   

RANDOM TIDS & BITS- Tues 03/24/20 –

“Just Chillin’ … High and Low in Cali…… Regulate My Fruit Cocktail”

The average human body temperature is dropping about 0.05 degrees every decade.  It may be a result of modern medicine getting better, which has reduced the average levels of inflammation.

The highest and lowest point in the continental United States are in the same county.  Inyo County, California has Mount Whitney and the Badwater Basin in Death Valley.

The USDA regulates the fruit breakdown in fruit cocktail.  It must be 30% to 50% diced peaches . . . 25% to 45% diced pears . . . 6% to 16% diced pineapple . . . 6% to 20% whole grapes . . . and only a few cherries.

RANDOM TIDS & BITS- Fri 03/19/20 –

“Triangular Nepalese Flag….. No Easter Bunny on the Island…. Teeny Tiny Countries”

Nepal is the only country with a flag that’s not a rectangle . . . it’s two overlapping triangles.

Easter Island got its name because a Dutch explorer landed there on Easter Sunday in 1722.

There are seven countries in Europe that are smaller than Rhode Island:  Vatican City, Monaco, San Marino, Liechtenstein, Malta, Andorra, and Luxembourg.

RANDOM TIDS & BITS- Wed 03/18/20 –

“Playing Poker With Your Tarot Cards….. Singular Name Stars…. Tasty Bottom-Feeder”

Tarot cards were originally invented in Europe in the 1400s as a regular card game.  Fortune tellers didn’t start using them until the late 1700s.

There are 16 stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame where people are only identified by one name, including Houdini, Liberace, Pink,  Roseanne,  Shakira, Slash, Sting, and Usher.

Catfish have the best sense of taste of any animal . . . they have more than 100,000 taste buds all over their bodies.  Humans have about 10,000 taste buds, and they’re all on our tongue.  Chickens have the fewest, with just 24.

RANDOM TIDS & BITS- Wed 03/18/20 –

“Best years of Everyone’s Life ….. Little People Grill…. Rhyming Richard”

People say their childhood years were America’s best years . . . regardless of how old they are.  It’s called the “reminiscence bump.”

Chick-fil-A launched in 1946, but it was called the Dwarf Grill.  The name was changed in 1961.

“Dick” only became short for Richard because nicknames that rhymed were popular in the 1200s.  So people known as Rick were also called Dick.

RANDOM TIDS & BITS- Tues 03/17/20 –

“Not many two-termers….. What the Flags Mean…. Snails Pieces & Parts”

President Obama was only the 14th of the first 44 presidents to serve two full terms in office.       

Six Flags got its name because of the six different nations Texas has been a part of:  Spain, France, Mexico, the Republic of Texas, the United States, and the Confederacy.

Most snails have both male and female genitalia, so they can quickly and easily mate with basically any other snail.  

RANDOM TIDS & BITS- Mon 03/16/20 –

“Sibling Envy …Separate Those M&M’s ….. Yoda Toy ”

There are three U.S. presidents who had double digit siblings: James Madison had 11 brothers and sisters . . . George Washington and James Buchanan both had 10.

There are more blue and orange M&M’s in a pack of M&M’s than any other colors.

Toyota was originally called Toyoda, with a “d,” because the founder’s name was Sakichi Toyoda.  But after one year they decided to change it, since “toyoda” means “fertile rice paddies” and they didn’t want to be associated with farming.